Symposium on AI & Medicine: Promises and Limits, will be held virtually on May 5 and 6, 2021

The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), The French National Academy of Medicine, and the Health Data Hub are jointly organizing the symposium.

IMES director Elazer Edelman is a co-chair of this conference, and an IMES faculty member, David Sontag, will be one of the speakers.

Clinicians and experts at the crossroads of AI and medicine from the United States and France will come together to jointly discuss topics that can facilitate collaboration and help better understand approaches on both sides of the Atlantic. The goal is also to better understand the possibilities and realities of AI, as well as the needs of patients.

The symposium will convene from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) by videoconference. Each session will begin with an introduction by a moderator, followed by presentations from each speaker, and conclude with a panel discussion centered on case studies that will highlight the different approaches to clinical care and regulation in the EU and USA. The agenda of the symposium is enclosed.

Registration is required on the event’s livestream page

The event will be presented live in English; it is also being recorded, and the recording files will include captions in both English and French.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

AI and Clinical Practice
9:00am– Symposium opening welcome
• Prof. Bernard Charpentier, President, Académie de Médecine
• Prof. Rafael Reif, President, MIT

9:10am – Introductory remarks for Day One: Prof. Daniela Rus, Deputy Dean of Research,
Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT

9:15am-10:15am Image-guided Clinical Practice
• Moderator: Prof Nathalie Lassau, Gustave Roussy, Univ. Paris
• Panel: Prof. Dmitri Fotiadis, Univ. of Ioannina, Greece; Dr. Campbell Rogers, Executive VP &
Chief Medical Officer, Heartflow, Inc.; Dr. Ninon Burgos, CNRS, Paris Brain Institute (ICM)

10:30am-11:30am AI and Robots in Surgery
• Moderator: Prof. Daniela Rus, MIT
• Panel: Dr. Ozanan Meireles, Director, Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory,
Mass General Hospital; Dr. Pierre Jannin, Head, MediCIS, Université de Rennes

11:45am-12:45pm Cells and Tissues
• Moderator: Prof. Cécile Badoual, Université Paris Descartes
• Panel: Prof. David N. Louis, Pathologist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital; Benjamin
Castleman Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Prof. Ed Boyden, Director, MIT
Center for Neurotechnology Engineering, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator,
McGovern Institute MIT

12:45pm-1:00pm Take home message: Prof. Elazer R. Edelman, Director, Institute for Medical
Engineering and Science (IMES), MIT

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ethical and Regulatory Issues
9:00am – Introductory remarks for Day 2: Ethical and Regulatory Issues
• Prof. Bernard Nordlinger, Académie Nationale de Médecine and President, CESREES

9:10am-10:10am Data Regulation and Policies
• Moderator introduction, Dr. Daniel Weitzner, Founding Director, MIT Internet Policy Research
Initiative and Principal Investigator, CSAIL (invited, TBD)• Panel: Jeanne Bossi Malafosse, Delsol Avocats; Nicholson Price (invited-TBD)

10:20am-11:20am Health Data: Access and Applications
• Moderator: Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas, Associate Dean for Business Analytics, MIT Sloan School of
Management (invited, TBD)
• Panel: Dr. Emmanuel Bacry, Chief Scientific Officer, Health Data Hub; Senior Researcher – CNRS
– Université; Prof. David Sontag, CSAIL & IMES, MIT

11:30am-12:30pm Ethics and AI for Medicine
• Moderator: Prof. I. Glenn Cohen, Deputy Dean, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy,
Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard University
• Panel: Dr. Claude Kirchner, Chair, French National Pilot Committee for Digital Ethics; Prof.
Glenn Cohen

12:35pm-12:50pm Take home message: Dr. Emmanuel Bacry

12:50-12:55 Closing statements by Organizing Committee

Symposium Organizing Committee

Emmanuel Bacry Chief Scientific Officer – Health Data Hub
Senior Researcher – CNRS – Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL – PR[AI]RIE

Elazer R. Edelman, MD, PhD, FACC
Edward J. Poitras Professor, Medical Engineering and Science
Director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Attending Physician Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Bernard Nordlinger, MD
Professor of Surgery
Member, Académie Nationale de Médecine
CESREES President (Comité éthique et scientifique pour les recherches les études et les évaluations
en santé)

Daniela Rus
Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
Deputy Dean of Research, Schwarzman College of Computing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rina Spence
Computing and Global Health Lead
Schwarzman College of Computing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology